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Grand Soft Day

Branar Theatre and New International Encounter
from Galway, Ireland, and Cambridge, England

January 10 – 19, 2024
Recommended Grades
Grades Pre-K – 1
Students: $2
Chaperones: $5
What Kind of Show?
Theater with live music; lyrical and mischievous
Running Time
40 minutes with no intermission
New 42 Studios 229 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

School-time tickets may only be booked by Partner organizations.

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About the Show

When the misty wind whips your hair and the drizzle tickles your nose, now that’s a Grand Soft Day! From the playful minds of Branar Theatre (The Way Back Home, 2017) and New International Encounter (Beauty and the Beast, 2019), this all-seasons adventure filled with live music and a sprinkling of words will ready you for whatever weather wends your way.

Fizzes with invention and catchy rhythms.

The Irish Times

Things to Know

  1. This is one of three shows this season created especially for the very young. The other two are Night Light for kids 3 – 5 and Four Go Wild in Wellies for kids 2 – 5.
  2. This show will be performed in the New 42 Studios, an intimate setting where you may even feel a touch of wind (from a fan) or rain (spritzed water) on your face.
  3. In this mostly wordless show, the performers share little phrases from their native languages—English, Italian and Irish Gaelic.

About the Artists

As they say at Ireland’s Branar Theatre, “If there is no wonder around you, there cannot be wonder inside you.” Since 2001, Branar Theatre has been making wonder-full experiences for children so that they and their imaginations may thrive. Branar Theatre views every child as an equal citizen of the world who should be nurtured through exposure to the arts.

Formed in 2001, New International Encounter (NIE) rehearsed its first three shows in the Czech Republic. That trilogy of plays was seen all over the world, from New York to Mexico City to Seoul. NIE is now based in Norway and England, and creates new shows in co-production with venues and theater companies from across Europe, including site-specific work and theater for younger audiences.

Grand Soft Day is produced by Branar Theatre and NIE in association with Culture Ireland.


Photo: Anita Murphy
Photo: Anita Murphy
Photo: Anita Murphy
Photo: Anita Murphy

Creative Team

Joanne Beirne & Cat Moore
Commissioned by The Ark

Alex Byrne and Marc Mac Lochlainn

Set Designer
Orla Clogher

Costume Designer
Elaine Mears

Lighting Designer
Trui Malten

Music Composer
Greg Hall

Greg Hall, Helen Gregg, Jonathan Gunning & Linda Scaramella

Curriculum & Trip Planning